The public history program at American University offer students opportunities to socialize and build strong bonds inside and outside the classroom. Learn more about what we do as a community and browse through some of the memories our graduate students have made on trips and events on our Facebook page!
Located in Washington, DC, the program benefits from being within walking distance of numerous cultural institutions and organizations. Although professors make it a point to invite speakers to class, they feel getting out of the classroom is just as important. During these trips, students see first-hand the different tools and methods that various public historians use to create educational experiences for their audiences.
The Public History program affords students opportunities to utilize their skills and passions by giving back to local communities. These projects help build leadership skills in students and better prepares them for future employment in which leadership and teamwork is valued. Most recently, several students traveled to Braddock, Pennsylvania, where they assisted the Braddock Carnegie Library in organizing and preparing collections and policies for their future archive.
Conferences are a great way for our graduate students to grow within their academic and professional careers. Every year students from American University attend and present their work at the National Council of Public History Conference. Our students engage with graduate students, archivists, museum professionals, and other dedicated public historians to gain networking experience, learn from professionals, and build community. Second-year students interested in attending can apply for the Griffith Award for travel assistance.